Group Camp #1 (located along the Maitland River) at Falls Reserve Conservation Area has recently been closed permanently. The site has been closed in order to safeguard water quality and to protect species at risk habitat.
A recent Environmental Impact Assessment of the Conservation Area indicated that because this campsite is located within the floodplain, it poses a risk to water quality in the Maitland River. The campsite is also situated in an area where an identified species at risk has been found. Camping activities are not compatible with protecting the habitat of this species.
The Directors of Maitland Conservation, and park staff, realize this site is highly valued by our campers. We are however, committed to ensuring that our Conservation Areas are managed in a way that protects and enhances natural areas. As a result, the decision was made to close Group Camp #1 at the end of the 2016 season. During 2017 trees, shrubs and wildflowers will be planted on the site to expand the species at risk habitat. The privy will also be removed from the area.
We’re pleased to let you know that Group Campsites #2 and #3 will continue to be available in 2017. In addition, Falls Reserve staff are currently reviewing options for the development of another group campsite on the property.
If you have questions regarding the closure of Group Camp #1 please contact Stewart Lockie, Conservation Areas Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-335-3557 ext. 234. We value your support of Falls Reserve Conservation Area and we hope to see your group at the park this year.